New York, NY
Open Studio/Work-in-Process: BENON
Building 110: LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island
Monday, November 4, 2013, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
free and open to the public, RSVP required
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) invites viewers to a work-in-process showing of BENON, a new piece inspired by the Burkinabé tradition of dancing to celebrate the harvest. In BENON, which roughly translates to “harvest,” Badolo explores the essential nature of food, sharing, and giving thanks. This new work premieres at Danspace Project February 13–15, 2014.
About the artist:
Souleymane “Solo” Badolo is a Choreographer and Dancer originating from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. In 1993, Badolo founded the Burkina Faso-based troupe, Kongo Ba Téria, which fuses traditional African dances with western contemporary dance. He has choreographed for Company Phoénix de Yaoundé (Cameroon), Cie Gabero de Niamey Company (Nigeria), and The National Ballet of Burkina Faso, among others. Souleymane developed a dance program at The Center of Dance, Music and Theatre in Rome that focused on the fusion of theatre and dance in contemporary performance and participated in a trans-African program initiative that set up creative collaborations for dancers from multiple African countries. He and Kongo Ba Téria are featured in the widely-screened documentary Movement (R)evolution Africa which documents the continent’s emergent experimental dance scene.